LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant is heading to Germany for a knee procedure, reports the Los Angeles Times.
35-year-old Bryant, who has been with the illustrious NBA franchise since his debut season in 1996, is currently continuing his recovery from a torn achilles tendon as he seeks to prove his fitness prior to the Lakers' opening fixture of the 2013/14 campaign against rivals LA Clippers on October 29.
Despite still suffering from that troublesome achilles problem, Bryant is believed to be travelling to Europe in order to receive innovative treatment on his knee. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is said to have undergone a similar procedure during a previous trip in 2011.
On that occasion two years ago, Bryant sought treatment on both his right knee and left ankle but it has been confirmed by a team spokesman that he will not received help with his achilles during the course of his stay.
The Lakers, who endured a torrid and eventful 2012/13 campaign and only just made the playoffs before being emphatically dispatched by the San Antonio Spurs, commence preseason action with a clash against the Golden State Warriors in Ontario, Canada on Saturday.